Cocaine & Crack
(a.k.a. Nose candy, Toot, Coke, Blow, Snow)


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COCAINE/CRACK

Where does Cocaine come from?

Cocaine is derived from the coca plant in South America. Cocaine comes from coca paste (Coca leaves mixed with kerosene) and then dried in the sun. This yellow paste can be smoked. Then the paste is made into powdered cocaine. The cocaine found on the streets can be mixed or "cut" with sugar, PCP, speed, benzocaine and even heroin.


How long does it take for the effects of Cocaine to begin?

Cocaine is a stimulant that speeds up the work of the body. A few minutes after snorting cocaine the high begins. It can peak in 15-20 minutes. The effects can disappear within one hour.


Methods of Use?

Cocaine can be sniffed or snorted, smoked (Free-base) or injected.


What does it look like?


Cocaine comes in a white crystalline powder. Crack can be white or tan pellets or rock like substances.


What are the physical effects of cocaine?

Cocaine has two effects. It is a stimulant and an anesthetic. It causes the inside of the nose to get numb, the blood vessels dilate, blood pressure may get elevated, heart rate may increase, pupils dilate, vomiting or stomach pains, and the respiratory rate increases. Loss of appetite, seizures, and even death can occur. A person can suffer from stuff or runny nose.


What are the mental or emotional effects of cocaine?

Cocaine users experience a feeling of well being when high and a state of depression when the effects wear off. A person may experience paranoia, tactile hallucinations, disturbances in sleep patterns, anger outbursts, and experience cognitive impairment.


How long does it take for Crack to effect you?

Crack or Free-base is extremely powerful and addictive. The effects can be seen within 10 seconds. Making it the most addictive drug.


Terminology

Coca The plant from which cocaine is made.
Cocaine A powerful CNS stimulant taken from the leaves of the coca plant, and is usually made into a powder form that is sniffed, smoked, or injected.
Crack A dangerous and highly addictive form of cocaine mixed with other ingredients and then is smoked.
Crash When the effects of the cocaine wear off. Feelings of depression, irritable, and tired occur.
Cut Mixing things like sugar, PCP, speed, or heroin into pure cocaine before selling it.
Free base A form of cocaine that is mixed with chemicals to make a paste, so you can smoke it.
Gateway Drugs Alcohol, tobacco, and pot; which may lead to use of harder drugs.
Seizures An upset in the normal flow of messages from the brain to the rest of the body causing out of control movements or unusual behaviors for a short time period.
Snow Lights When heavy cocaine users see spots of light.


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